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signed medicare before that. he had gone to missouri to be with harry truman. and he put it into law. he went from there to the lbj ranch where we're sitting right now. there had been the incident if watts two days before. the riots broke out the night before he signed that medicare law. the first riots were in watts. he was very concerned. he was, in fact -- i think he was very depressed at that point in time. i was in the white house in washington -- it's the only time in all the years i worked for him that he didn't want to take calls from me. he was trying to pass the civil rights laws and poverty laws. >> springfield, missouri. >> hi. i'm calling from springfield, new jersey. i was wondering what you thought a southern born politician like lyndon johnson who is from a segregated state of texas to become such an effective proponent and civil rights legislation. >> well, i think -- i think it is very personal in many respects. he had a cook and he had a driver. and they were both african-americans. and they would drive from washington down to texas. and they couldn't stay at any decen
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